The musically interested people at the Daily Press division of Word Press chose “Strike a Chord” for the writing prompt for today. They asked a two questions, followed by a statement to give us a starting direction-“Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.”
Inherited 3 Clarinets
The first was from my mother. Her parents had given it to her while she was in grade school. When I started fourth grade, she let me learn how to play it in the local grade school band. Ended up competing in several contests with the instrument. When I moved into junior high school, kept playing the B flat clarinet. Took up the school’s bass clarinet, wasn’t much different. Started having problems with the dexterity of my hands due to multiple sclerosis, so started playing the drums which required less coordination from my hands.
Took a couple of years off from band due to problems going on in the school system. My junior and senior year, started playing my mom’s saxophone. Since we didn’t have a good sax player in the district, it was either me or nothing!
Still have my mom’s clarinet in my possession. Inherited another two antique clarinets from my great grandfather. He used to play them in a local German dance band. One was an Albert system B flat the other was a E flat of the same system. I loved playing the older system, since the trills were easier for me to perform with that design!
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